Fancy Hat Snowman #1 by C.A. Huckaby

I’ve been working on this on and off for a while and decided Saturday that I should just get him finished. Here is Fancy Hat #1.

The beige is Soy Luster, the turquoise band is Neon Rays and all the Mosaic stitches on the hat are Kreinik braid. The white Daisy stitches and Mosaic stitches on the face are Petite Sparkle Rays, the cheeks in Satin stitch are regular Sparkle Rays, the nose is Diagonal Mosaic stitched with floss. The eyes and the mouth are large black beads (size 8, I think). I have larger black beads and maybe should have used the larger ones for the eyes but I don’t want to change them now. I’ll keep that in mind for the others.

I bought 3 of these, so I still have one that is all blues and one that is red and green. Those two will be stitched and put away for grandchildren. This one is MINE! LOL

I’ll have another piece finished and ready for hanging by the end of the week. And the wedding shower gift was mailed today so I’ll be able to show that to you next week. I’m slowly getting a few things done.

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Purple Heron – Progress 7

Here is the whole piece as of this morning:

All of the background is done in the Ripples stitch. The the two gray edges of the outer border are also completed. So I’ve started on other areas. Here is a close-up of the area being worked on:

Flowers first – I’ve tried a million different ways to stitch these flowers and hated every one of them. Last week I finally tried this one and it works for me. The buds are another story. The one on the right is great but the one of the left has a slight curve and doesn’t look right. I’ve stitched it twice and will try again the next time this canvas is on the floor stand.

The small heron. I’m using Encroaching Gobelin (thanks for the suggestion Anne) for the breast and stomach and it’s going fine. I’m using two different overdyes to get the right color (that I wanted), reversing one of them in the needle. That isn’t quite finished yet and I’ll have to go back over the breast to put in the loose feathers. I started the lower feathers using a Weeks Dye Works overdye, but I’m not sure I like how I stitched it. The colors are okay. So I’ll be thinking about it (mulling it over) until I work on this again. I haven’t tied off the end of the threads for the bill – not sure it will stay that way or change next time.

Update: I forgot to mention the area just below the small heron. This is the start of the green/brown background that is overlayed with tall grass. I’m using 3 shades of loden green in Mosaic stitch for the background. The grass was straight stitches using an overdyed thread that is grayish-brown and grayish green. Again, I’m not sure I’ll stay with straight stitches. We’ll see next time.

Next week, it’s time for the ASOW ship to get put on the floor frame. I’ll continue the sky and rigging.

AND I’ll pick up the Congress Cloth for my new rug on Wed.!!! I need to get everything set up for that next weekend. More on that soon.

 

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Blue/Green Pillow

I showed you my practice stitching for this project here. That was last August!!

It’s based on a Moroccan tile, but I’ve added green and some special stitches to make it more interesting. I finally have started the actual stitching.

The pillow will be about 11 inches square when it’s done. I’ve made it across the first row and will continue to work my way up the design. The light blue center squares are done in Brick stitch. The “wings” are stitched in Slanted Gobelin. All the threads are Pepper Pot Silk.

After I’ve completed a few more rows, I’ll start filling in the diamonds. I won’t do any of the design inside the green border until the rest of the pillow is completed. I hope to be well on my way before the end of the month. I’ll do an update on the project then.

Christmas Ornament #4

When I was working on Hometown Holiday pieces, my DH said he loved the little red truck parked at the Christmas Tree lot. So when I was browsing for Christmas ornaments, I found this little red truck and had to buy it!

I pulled all the red threads from my project bag and handed them to DH and let him choose the red thread he wanted me to use. He passed by all the shiny metallics and went for #5 perle cotton. The wheels are black Pepper Pot using a circle stitch I found on Pinterest, with Kreinik silver Rhodes squares for the centers. The sky is Sparkle Rays using Diagonal Mosaic. The ground was stitched with Terra Cotta silk from Gloriana using Nobuko stitch. The window of the truck was stitched with gray Flair, just simple Satin stitches. The tree was a Needle Necessities green overdye and then  a few white stitches for snow. The clear beads were used for snowflakes.

The canvas is from Marcy on Etsy, stitched on 13 ct.

I”ve already chosen the ornament for June and gathered threads for it. I’ll start on it later in the week.

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Ghiradelli Square by Peter Ashe – Progress 5

For two weeks now, I’ve had little time in the mornings for stitching. Things are settling down now though. The few mornings that were available, I worked exclusively on this project. I’ve decided to get it done and then go back to the Purple Heron.

The buildings in the middle are completed and both trees in that area are also done. Whew! Only that small, dark green tree on the left to go (getting tired of small leaf stitches).

I had started the sky using a light blue Vineyard Silk and ripped it out. I only have two skeins and the odds of getting matching thread after 3 years seems slim. So back to the stash – I have a lot of skeins of a light aqua floss that will look good – and I can use just 3 plies to give it a lighter touch for the stitching. I’m using Woven stitch (from iStitches Vol. 1 by Ruth Schmuff). I’m using very long strands so I can get across the whole canvas twice before I have to start a new thread.

I’ve started stitching the top of the clock tower so I can continue to work on the sky each day. I’ll also have to do some of the Ghiradelli sign before I get to that part of the sky. The very light lines on the canvas (to hold up the sign) will be stitched with #8 perle cotton. The letters will be stitched with black Pepper Pot Silk.

Hopefully, I can get this finished in June and move on to other things.

Christmas Ornaments – #3

I finally have another ornament completed. This is the last of the ornaments that have been in my stash for several years waiting for me to get to them.

The body was stitch in Basketweave with black Fyre Werks. Frye Werks was also used for the blue and white parts of this hat and scarf. Neon Rays + for the red parts and outlined with dark red Grandeur thread. His tummy is Petite Sparkle Rays. The hat is French Knots and the shoes are Basketweave using Pebbly Perle.The skis are #5 perle cotton, outlined with a darker brown. A little silver Kreinik did the spots on the ground and the gray to separate his arms from his body. The snow across the bottom wasn’t there on the canvas, but I felt there should be a little snow -stitched with white Frosty Rays. The background isn’t very visible, but it’s stitched with pale blue #8 Kreinik braid using the T Stitch.

The next ornament to be stitched is one my DH asked for. I’ll let you try to figure that one out (no, it isn’t a train!)

Christmas Ornaments – 1 & 2

With a new granddaughter due in July and my youngest saying he wants to start his family this year, I’ve been on a bit of a spending spree this month. I want to be able to give the new grandchildren an ornament each year, like I’ve done for the 3 granddaughters I already have. They got their last ones this past December.

These two ornaments I’ve had in my stash for years – since 2012. I wanted to kit up some smaller pieces to stitch while I wasn’t able to get around much the end of that year (hip replacement surgery). The red and white one was stitched then, but the black cat was just barely started. It’s now finished. Both of these ornaments are from Kathy Schenkel.

I wasn’t sure how I would feel in the weeks following surgery, so I stitched this with #5 perle cotton and mostly Basketweave.

I stitched this companion piece with #5 perle and Basketweave as well. I felt this one needed whiskers so I added them with white #4 Kreinik braid. The thread has a metallic filament in it, so it looks greenish. I really like how that turned out.

More ornaments are here and waiting their turn with the needles. And I have 6 more on order from various shops that had trunk sales this month. I’ll stitch them up, probably one a month. As I get the finishing done, I’ll tuck them away in a box until Christmas each year. Then I can select one for each of the new grandchildren. I also want to do some cross stitch ones and Mill Hill beaded ones. I think I’ll be busy for quite a while on this project!